This house was one of many homes and businesses badly damaged in the Northridge section of Harrison Twp. by the Memorial Day tornado. STAFF PHOTO/Lynn Hulsey

Energy company foundation delivers $600K for tornado home repairs

The Vectren Foundation is the second organization this week to announce large grants to help tornado survivors without means repair homes.

The foundation will provide $600,000 for rebuilding neighborhoods devastated by the Memorial Day tornadoes. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton and Rebuilding Together Dayton will each receive $300,000 toward disaster recovery efforts, according to a Vectren news release Thursday.

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“We are proud to provide our support to Dayton, a strong community where our employees live and work,” said Walt Hibner, Vectren’s Ohio manager of local relations.

Hibner said Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together Dayton both have proven track records and Vectren’s relationship with the nonprofits spans more than 17 years.

“These dollars will assist Miami Valley residents in rebuilding not only their homes, but also their lives,” said Norm Miozzi, executive director for Habitat of Humanity of Greater Dayton and Amy Radachi, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together Dayton.

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Earlier this week, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati announced its Disaster Reconstruction Program is2 putting $5 million toward helping qualified homeowners and renters in Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties. Grants up to $20,000 are available to repair, rebuild or replace primary owned residences and renters can get up to $5,000 toward the purchase of a new home.

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